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Don’t you just love watching men at work

Gerry loves maintenance work and enjoys working with Jay. The shed they stared painting recently is now finished!

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Rainy days

It may sound surprising, but most members of our community are so used to being busy outside they get itchy feet quickly when it is pouring down with rain with gale  storm winds. Today gents decided that they need to do something useful and with Ethel took over laying tables. 


Our community

People get to do the simple things they would have done at home. Ladies love  getting the tables ready for lunches and tea. Thank you Doreen for today, tables looked lovely. The gents move the furniture after our exercise classes.



Happiness is a …….

definitely not a cigar called Hamlet:)

In our case this can be doing things for someone other than us like caring for a new resident who may feel lost, making her or him feel part of a community and involving him or her in even the simplest of daily jobs (like getting flowers for the tables for all to enjoy). Today Doreen and Meg did just that. Thank you ladies.

In the process and our spirit of being opportunistic with the weather, Doreen and Meg continued beyond flowers cleaning the terrace and the lower garden paths. Both loved it and worked to tunes sung by Doreen. This was followed by a great tea party with those who decided to enjoy a freshly swept terrace.

Three little words….

Perhaps the word most associated with dementia is that of suffering. “Dementia Sufferers” is the phrase most commonly used in the press to describe people who live with dementia.The implication is that suffering is what defines dementia, that suffering is a necessary and continuous part of the condition.

We have known for some time that dementia is not defined by suffering, and that the physical and social environment that we create can help people to live well with dementia and minimise suffering. At Rose Lodge we talk a lot about well-being and using well-being as a measure of how well we support our residents.

We have been reluctant to use the H-word though. HAPPYNESS. It seems too much to aim for, too high a bar to set. Well-being Yes, living well with dementia Yes. But happiness ? Can people with dementia really be happy ? After all, how many of us can say they are happy for anything other than a fleeting moment ?

So nothing is more powerful and satisfying to us than to hear these simple words from the family of our residents, especially when they have struggled to find the right environment for them:

“He/she is happy”

We have heard those three magic words a couple of times times this week.

This week has been a good week.

Let’s start talking about happiness.